In Birthright's Rulebook, page 74, about Erik's priesthood is stated:

PW as druid, plus move silently, hide in shadows, and animal empathy as a ranger three levels higher

Since in Birthright there is more than one church of Erik, and the head of the religion is a regent who can be a level 1 npc (or player), and at 15th level (from PH):

The Grand Druid knows six spells of each level (instead of the normal spell progression) and also can cast up to six additional spell levels, either as a single spell or as several spells whose levels total to six (for example, one 6th-level spell, six 1st-level spells, three 2nd-level spells, etc.)

Or it is not considered a druid power, since derives from position, as his servants receive some too:

Three of these nine are archdruids who roam the world, acting as his messengers and agents. Each of them receives four additional spell levels.

If so, hierophants powers are ignored too? Since their origin is from hierophant status and comes at cost of spells:

Beyond 15th level, a druid never gains any new spells (ignore the Priest Spell Progression table from this point on). Casting level continues to rise with experience. Rather than spells, spell-like powers are acquired.


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In PHB we have a section named 'Granted Powers' in the description of druid class. It lists powers until level 7 only. The remaining powers are descripted in the hierarchy sections.

In the Book of Priestcraft, page 14, we have a hierarchical position not described in PHB: high druid (Thorjak, the Green is high druid of Hogunmark; Günther Brandt is high druid and regent of Oaken Grove of Erik; Gretta Seligsdotter is regent of Emerald Spiral; Astridsen is regent of Old Father of Forests).

This title seems not related to the regent position.

The Rjurik Highlands book, page 73, states that:

Druids are loosely organized into groups known as circles, which may include as few as three or as many as a dozen individuals. Circles are generally led by high level blooded druids: if no blooded druids dwell in the area, leadership is usually assumed by the highest level member.

This book says that circles are allied with temples, but do not specify hierachies.

Taking in consideration both books, high druid appears to be just a honorific title, and classical (PHB) hierarchy inexistent. It implies in a priest of Erik not fighting for positions at leveling, following the normal priest XP and spell progression tables and NOT receiving hierophant powers.

In my campaign I had decided to use high druid as regent (so, blooded characters only) and great druid as a diplomatic hierarchical post. The Great Druid was like the speaker-of-Erik and its only function was to moderate conflict between the churches, thus all druids existed exactly as PHB except the regent.

This view have its problems, like: what powers a high druid should have? And what powers his heir have? Can them become hierophant? Which XP progression to use? And if he passes his post to his heir? I see now that is better to go back to the 'just a priest' view.

It is different from Dark Sun since in Birthright it is explicit - a priest of Erik receive druid powers only.


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